Do the presidents of the United States believe in luck? Well, we are about to find out.
Despite not believing in ALL good luck superstitions, most American presidents believe or believed in good luck.
Some presidents had funny superstitions. For example, Harry Truman hung his horseshoe over the door of the presidential office when he became president. During his presidency from 1897 to 1901, William McKinley wore a red carnation on his lapel. Barack Obama played basketball on election day. Dick Cheney, the former vice president, went hunting. A feather from a tribal leader, a compass, and a 1976 bicentennial quarter are among John McCain‘s lucky charms.
Okay, now that we’ve seen that presidents have luck, do they have lucky numbers?
Ronald Reagan, the 40th President – Lucky Number 33
It was widely known that Nancy Reagan consulted astrologers to help set the President’s schedule. According to Reagan, 33 is his lucky number. According to Washington Post White House correspondent, Lou Cannon, during a press conference in 1988, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater joked that the president would answer the reporters’ first question at precisely 12:33 and a half, an attempt to joke about the astrology allegations without explicitly debunking them.
Donald Trump, the 45th President – Lucky Number 10,000 (Sort of 😊)
President Donald Trump often used the same big number to convey that something was important: 10,000.
He said it’s the number of people that attend his rallies or the number that has to stay outside for lack of space. It’s also the number of jobs companies look forward to creating, and so much more.
The number 10,000 is memorable, which is a great marketing benefit. It may as well be his lucky number seeing as he constantly repeats it.
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President – Lucky Number 13
Woodrow Wilson thought that the number 13 was the luckiest. When he was a teenager, he dropped his name Thomas from his list of names because the letters in “Woodrow Wilson” added up to 13. He said the number, 13, had always been his lucky number and went ahead to note that he became the president of America in 1913 and was also a president of his university in his13th year.
Herbert Hoover, the 31st President – Irrational Fear of the Number 13
Despite correspondence with the Thirteen Club members, others have speculated that Herbert Hoover was unable to join due to his superstitions about the number 13.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President – Same Fear of Number 13 (Inherited?)
In any month, Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day or smoke three cigarettes in a row. He wore the same old fedora during every campaign, and he never hosted 13 guests at a dinner party, unlike his cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, a member of The Thirteen Club.
US Presidents’ Lucky Numbers According to Numerology
In case you are curious about other US presidents and their lucky numbers according to numerology, we’ve got you covered.
Barack Obama, the 44th President – Lucky Number 9
Obama spent his time as president ensuring that America was better for everyone. Everyone who knows about Obama knows how much of a family man he is and how much he loves to serve, which is consistent with the lucky number 9. One of the many major things he did was to simplify taxes for the average American and create Obamacare.
Bill Clinton, the 42nd President – Lucky Number 8
In numerology, the number 8 represents an assertive, responsible, and determined person. With these features, Bill Clinton was able to produce a balanced budget – the first of its kind since 1969, preserving millions of acres of land and so much more. He shares his love for invention with several inventors, artists, religious leaders, prophets, and other leading figures to ensure a result is brought about.
Joe Biden, the 46th President – Lucky Number 3
Joe Biden is very insightful, knowledgeable, and enjoys peace, these are some of the qualities of the lucky number 3. These features can be perceived in the way he has handled some of the biggest challenges a great country like America has faced. One thing that cannot be erased is his ability to influence and lead the masses, a great quality every leader must have.
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President – Lucky Number 7
According to numerology, 7 signifies perception, analytical thinking, and introspection. These qualities were embodied by Calvin who reduced government spending and cut taxes during his administration. He was also a man who radiated understanding and had a great sense of justice.
The Power of Luck and Numbers
All these lucky numbers played a role in the personal and political lives of each of these presidents.
Let’s examine how luck and numbers affected US Presidents and ordinary Americans.
Andrew Jackson and Divine Providence
It’s not known if Andrew Jackson had a lucky number but he believed that divine providence had saved his life.
Andrew Jackson is popularly known as the first sitting president of the USA to be the target of an assassination that didn’t happen eventually. This popular event was not his first brush with the cold hands of death.
When Andrew, who had been fatherless since he was a baby joined the Continental Army at the age of 13, he joined as a courier. However, he and his older brother, Robert were held captive by the British. A British officer hit Andrew on the head with a sword while he was imprisoned for refusing to clean his boots, resulting in a scar on his head forever. Andrew and his brother, Robert were infected with smallpox, sadly, Robert died shortly after they were released.
On the 30th of January, 1835, an incident occurred when Andrew, now the president, was leaving the house chamber after attending a funeral, and a gunman named Richard Lawrence pulled the trigger on the president. Nothing happened because his gun got jammed; the president got furious and chased him with his cane. He tried to shoot at Andrew again, but his pistol jammed a second time. The man was arrested for the crime and spent the rest of his life in a mental health institution due to his weird behaviors during his arraignment.
The president believed that the man was sent by his opponents to kill him over his refusal to refund the Bank of the USA. After this event, his vice president always carried two loaded guns whenever he went to the Capitol.
It was by sheer luck that the former president was able to escape death twice, almost simultaneously, and the chances of the event happening were 1 in 125,000. 100 years after the assassination attempt happened, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution were curious and studied the two pistols, and both guns were found to be in good condition.
The Thirteen Club
The Thirteen Club (which had five former US presidents included as honorary members) was formed to dispel the superstition that 13 people at a table were deemed unlucky. It was a common belief that if 13 people sat at a dinner table, one of them would die 12 months after that meeting.
The founding members of The Thirteen Club met on the thirteenth of each month, and dinner was served to 13 members. A minimum of 400 members had joined the club by 1887, among them were William McKinley, Grover Cleveland, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Check out these weird coincidences of Presidents elected in a year with a “0” at the end dying in office one way or the other.
- William Henry Harrison died in office in 1820
- Abraham Lincoln assassinated in 1860
- In 1880 James A. Garfield was killed
- William McKinley was assassinated in in1900
- 1n 1920, Warren G. Harding died in office
- John F. Kennedy was killed in 1960
- In 1980, Ronald Reagan survived an assassination
Also, four Founding Fathers all died on July 4 in different years (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Monroe, and James Madison).
How Much Do Americans Believe in Good Luck?
What about Americans?
A survey on paysbig.com confirmed that 68% of Americans believe in some form of luck, 32% believe there is no such thing as luck, and 31% are superstitious.
58% of the people surveyed believe that there is such a thing as beginner’s luck. Among the other lucky beliefs, wishing on shooting stars and throwing coins into fountains were the most popular.
Here’s a list of some of the superstitions that aren’t so popular among Americans.
- Only 29% of Americans believe the number 666 should be avoided.
- Just 28% believe that it’s good luck for a Ladybug to land on people.
- 25% of Americans believe It’s bad luck to walk underneath a ladder.)
- A lot of Americans do not think that St Patrick’s Day brings good luck even though 53% of the population wears green in celebration.
Other Luck Survey Results
- 41% of people believe that Fridays and Saturdays are the luckiest days.
- 1, 2, 7, 9, 11, 13, 21, 31, 33, 69, 73, and 99 are some of the luckiest numbers (what are yours?)
- 88% believe in hunches
- 62% believe that finding a four-leaf clover brings good luck.
- 53% blame bad luck when something bad happens
- 14% believe in owning lucky jewels, accessories, or clothing
- One in 10 people have lucky colors, some of them are black, blue, green, gray, pink, red, yellow, and white,
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